“What am I going to do for toast?”

To-day someone was here whose test showed they could eat no grains: no wheat, barley, rice, oats, corn or rye.  They have multiple sclerosis and whilst it is usual for people with MS to be coeliac, i.e. unable to eat gluten, this person goes the whole way and can eat no grain at all, at present.

We talked quite a bit about what they can eat, like every vegetable, every fruit, all meat except pork, all fish apart from cod and all legumes, seeds and nuts.  This is actually quite a variety of foods and gives a good range of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.  However, it does not answer the question: “What am I going to do for toast”?

Sometimes that question can best be answered by looking at what flours are available, in this case from other sources than grains.  So we tested on my equipment, some quinoa and a bag of almond flour and both tested as fine.  We can add to that some gram flour made from ground chick peas and finally, potato flour.

So this gives four flours to make up some crackers, biscuits, wraps, pancakes or flatbreads.  This person is going to experiment and, because it is such an interesting project, I am going to have a go as well and see what we can come up with.

 We would be most interested in any suggestions.

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